He Deserved It

Another day, another sensless murder.  Shit, when will this end? 

I joined homicide fourteen years ago.  I never imagined the amount of cases would increase so much yearly.  My cell phone rings at all hours of the day.  On a dinner date with my girlfriend.  On the shitter reading a Steven King novel.  At my son’s eleventh birthday celebration.  During triathlon training.  I suppose there is never a good time for a murder. 

Today a shooting interrupts my church service.  Nothing like my phone vibrating when in line for communion.  Is this a good time to say “Holy” crap”?  I slowly step out of line, do my best sign of the cross facing the altar then exit the church.  Out the door I go into a beautiful sunny day.  A day that others will enjoy.  A day I will see yet another dead body. Probably someone far too young to be laying face down on a sidewalk or in an abandoned home infested with needles.  I won’t see a beautiful day for a week or so when I able to purge yet another unsitely scene from my mind.  I hate my job!  I love my job.  It’s all I know how to do. 

I arrive at the scene and meet with the officer in charge.

“Detective Marshal, I am Officer Brently,” he says.

“Nice to meet you Brently, what do we have.”

“Fifteen year old shot his dad.  Mother was out drinking.  He’s an only child,” he explains matter of factly.

As always I am baffled by society .  Senseless.  It is all senseless.  It’s like the old west.  Everyone enforces their own law.  Why do I do this?  Fifteen years old.  I don’t know his story but I am sure it isn’t a pleasant one.

“Where is the suspect?”

“In my car.”

“Did he say anything that I should know about before I start my investigation?”

“All he said was he deserved it.  Aint it a bitch.”

In homicide it sure is.

This is fiction.  Written for Trifecta Writing Challenge Week Sixty-One

This week’s word is:
BITCH (noun)

1: the female of the dog or some other carnivorous mammals 2 a : a lewd or immoral woman    b : a malicious, spiteful, or overbearing woman —sometimes used as a generalized term of abuse 3: something that is extremely difficult, objectionable, or unpleasant
Please remember:
  • Your response must be between 33 and 333 words.
  • You must use the 3rd definition of the given word in your post.
  • The word itself needs to be included in your response.
  • You may not use a variation of the word; it needs to be exactly as stated above.
  • Only one entry per writer.
  • Trifecta is open to everyone.  Please join us.

Vail of Beauty


My mother, once so beautiful.

Now her body trapped within a layer of disease.

Struggling to get out.  Struggling to live.

Her body dependent on alcohol

As I once was dependent on her.

Her body, a shell of what I remember

when I looked lovingly at her while she read bedtime stories.

Her body moved slowly

unlike the way it once moved playing in the backyard.

Her eyes stared blankly into darkness

No longer sparkling blue like waters in the Caribbean.

Her mind no longer knows me.

Her son taken away her by alcoholism.

Her body is motionless now.

Beneath a purplish blue vail of beauty.

The way I will to remember her.


This was written for Picture it & Write

Picture it & Write is a weekly creative writing prompt hosted by the Ermilia coauthors, Ermisenda and Eliabeth.  We invite you to join in; continue the story or starting your own based on inspiration from the image.  Poetry and foreign languages are welcome, but please provide a translation.
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